Anniversary Party – 2019

Web_Anniverary_20190309-021205   March 9, 2019

The DVC’s 49th anniversary party was held on March 9, 2019 at the Pizza Como/PC Pub in Pennsburg, PA. After what seemed like a very long winter, it turned out to be a beautiful spring-like day that Saturday. Forty-three happy DVCers started to arrive about 1:00, and immediately started chatting, laughing and catching up with other members, some of which we haven’t seen in a while.

We were then asked to be seated so the server could take our food orders. After a delicious lunch, Patty welcomed everyone and announced that she would be stepping down as Chairperson that day. Lew Phillips stepped up to be Chairman at that time. After a few words from Lew, we moved on to Owards.

An Oward is a silly award that is presented to someone who may have had something go “not so perfect” with them and/or their trusty MG in the past year. Sandy keeps track of these things and then Tom and Dick put their heads together to come up with the Owards. The “lucky” recipients this year are as follows:

Pat and Patty Cawthorne
The problem: Their MGA leaks “somewhere.” On our trip to Cooperstown, NY this fall, their rears were soaked every time they got out of the car. Patty didn’t even have another pair of pants to wear because she forgot to pack them!!
The Oward: Official DVC plastic pants (like babies wear over their diapers) and official Moss Motors adult absorbent pads for their seats.

Jim Sanders
The problem: Jim’s fan belt squealed the entire trip to Cooperstown, NY (from the minute we left our starting point at the Turkey Hill in Ottsville!)
The Oward: A fan belt that actually squeaks.

Warren and Nancy Doerner
The problem: Their MGB was stuck in the mud at the Guy Fawkes Bonfire night in November. They were easily pushed out of the mud by a few hardy DVCers (Tom & Dick), Who aren’t the two you want pushing you if you don’t want an Oward
The Oward: A bag of “kitty litter” that he can carry with him in case they should get stuck in the mud again.

Adam Ilnicki
The problem: His TD suffered from overheating and vapor lock in the carburetors. His solution for that was to put wooden pinch clothespins on his gas line (lots of clothespins).
The Oward: Mounted to a plaque were lots of clothespins attached to a gas line.

Curtis Yocum
The problem: It seems Curtis falls asleep at DVC events. We have pictures to prove it!
The Oward: A bottle of “No Doze” (they’re actually ‘Smarties’) maybe the sugar will help.

After the Owards were presented to this year’s lucky recipients, we had the presentation of the “Book”. The highly coveted “Book” was originally presented to our founding chairman, Hank Rippert on his 29th birthday in 1974. The “Book” has been presented each year to someone new in the club since that time. The “Book’s” contents are highly secret. When you receive the “Book” you must swear to never reveal its contents to anyone who has not yet received the “Book”. It is suggested you take the “Book”, along with a bottle of wine, to your bed and open it there. Yes, it’s that good…………. Moving on, last year’s lucky recipients of the “Book”, Curtis and Sally Yocum, presented this year’s lucky recipients of the “Book” to Greg and Janice Lake! Congratulations Greg and Janice!

I don’t believe any MG’s came out of their garages that day, but Graham and Susie Gill arrived in their newly acquired 1971, Morris Minor Traveler. It’s a real beauty (it’s blue), and their smiles as they left the restaurant showed they love their new little British car.

See you at the Tech Session!

— Jaimee & Tom

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Movie Tavern – 2019

February 10, 2019

On Sunday, February 10 at 3:15 the bar area at the Flourtown Movie Tavern was packed with 16 club members. In attendance were Nancy and Warren Doerner, Brian Gumpert, Garth and Susan Gill, Graham and Susie Gill, Pat and Patty Cawthorne, Louise Story, Greg and Janice Lake, Curtis and Sally Yocum, Mark and Janet Singer.

At 3:30 we took our reserved seats to view The Upside, a very funny and moving film about a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a struggling parolee to assist with his daily care. Both from vastly different backgrounds form a terrific bond and understanding as both rediscover the joy of living life to it fullest. Staring Kevin Hart, Brian Cranson and Nicole Kidman the cast did an outstanding job on screen.

Following the viewing we headed over to Graham and Susie’s home for some lite fare and beverages. It was a fun outing and a good get together enjoyed by all attending, with much discussion of MG’s, classic, and not so classic cars, trips and events.

— Graham and Susie Gill

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Concert – 2019

Web_201901_Concert_20190119-143236   January 19, 2019

Eighteen happy DVCer’s met at the Sellersville Theater at 1:00 p.m. on January 19th. We took our seats, the show started and we were all quiet for almost 2 hours!! That doesn’t usually happen when we get together.

The show was terrific! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the big band music from the golden age of swing. The bandleader, Fred Radke, had loads of funny stories to tell about his days in the band from years ago.

After the show, Dick got a group picture in front of the theater. Then we invited everyone back to our house for food and refreshments. It was Jaimee’s birthday, so Tom led everyone in a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Group singing lessons might be something we need to look into.

Everyone made it safely home before the snow got too deep.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made this a very memorable event.

— Jaimee & Tom

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Holiday Party – 2018

Web_201812_Holiday Party_20181208-064103   December 8, 2018

Hang in there as we get the story together. In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of the event.

— The Editor

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Annual Meeting – 2018

Web_201811_Annual Mtg_20181111-024732   November 11, 2018

The Delaware Valley Classic MG Club held its annual meeting November 11th at Sellersville Municipal Building. In attendance were Patty and Pat Cawthorne, Chuck Daniels, Gudi and Wolfgang Fischer, Graham Gill, Pat and John Hunt, Jaimee and Tom Rippert, Jeff Rose, Diane and Jim Sanders, Sandy and Dick Suffridini, Nancy and Peter Yaskowski, and Curtis Yocum.  Braving the cold November weather, a few members arrived in their MGs.  The Suffridinis drove their 1952 MGTD, Graham Gill in his 1950 MGTD and Curtis Yocum his 1974 MGB.

Chairperson Patty Cawthorne chaired the meeting and addressed several key issues addressed.  Among those points are…

• We have a new Membership Chairperson. Chuck Daniels has stepped forward and agreed to take on this position.  Membership questions should be directed to Chuck.  (Also, don’t forget dues are due January 1st.)

• Diane Sanders has agreed to be the contact person for a new Hospitality/Outreach position.  If you know of someone from the club who is sick, having a new baby, getting married, etc. please let Diane know.   

• A discussion was held regarding our upcoming 50th Anniversary year in 2020.  A planning committee is being formed to plan for various activities throughout the year.

• Patty Cawthorne informed the club that she intends to step down as the club’s Chairperson come the anniversary party next year.  If anyone is interested,please contact her.  We thank Patty for her years of service and are sorry to see her resign.

The meeting then turned to the important items… what fun will we plan for this year?

Jeff Rose created a draft of our 2019 event calendar.  Plans for this coming year hope to include… the 49th Anniversary Party, the Tech Session, a Wildwood Weekend, a “Memorial Day” Picnic, the Hornsby Rallye, the DVC Pennypacker Car Show and P3 – Post Party, Tour of Enzo’s Garage, the Radnor Hunt Club Cars and Coffee Concourse, a Fall Pumpkin Tour, the Annual DVC Planning Meeting, the Holiday Party, and a Sellersville Theater or Movie Night.  Stay tuned to the website as more details about the events unfold.

After the meeting, many of the attendees headed to Crossroads in Hilltown for a bite to eat, a beverage, and a good time shooting the breeze.

— Jim Sanders

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